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The Memory Care Café Concept | CaraVita Spotlight

Posted by CaraVita Staff on March 15 2018

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CaraVita Home Care works with Amy's Place, a Memory Care Café, to help with residents who may experience memory loss. For these individuals and their loved ones, Amy's Place offers socialization and education. They provide support groups for caregivers, educational events, materials, and resources. Caring Together in Hope founded Amy's Place. Caring Together in Hope is a non-profit organization inspired by a caregiver named Carol Troxel Hammitt. Carol once stated, "This isn't easy. It could be one of the hardest things we have ever accomplished." Carol was a caregiver for four young children when she was very young herself. She practiced private duty nursing and became a registered nurse until she eventually developed Lewy Body Dementia and passed away four months after diagnosis.

Pamela J. Van Ahn is Carol's first child and Executive Director at Caring Together in Hope. Pamela also became part of the nursing world and later achieved management of a major retail pharmacy. Pamela continues the art of caregiving both for her family and through the organization. Pamela and her sister Jean opened Amy's Place in March of 2016 and keep its doors open to anyone who may need their helpful resources and respite care in their Memory Café.

The following article was written by 

Pamela J. Van Ahn.

Memory Care cafés are becoming a part of many communities throughout the country. While they have existed in Europe for many years, the concept is relatively new to most in the US. With roots in the Netherlands, Dr. Bere Meisen introduced the concept in 1997 as a way to break through the stigma associated with various forms of dementia.”

While a Memory Care Café is beneficial to those affected, it is also beneficial for their caregivers. Caring Together in Hope, a Roswell, Georgia, non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for and support the family caregiver, operates Amy's Place and is registered as the only free-standing Memory Care Café in the United States. Located at 14 Sloan Street in historic Roswell, Georgia, Amy's Place provides an opportunity to reduce the isolation and increase the well-being for those on the front line of caregiving. This is accomplished with over 100 annual social events offered throughout the year; all at no cost to anyone who attends. 

The "café" also aims to reduce the stigma often associated with dementia, by offering educational events to the community. We invite you to participate and become a part of this community initiative which will help families live well with dementia. Memory Care Cafés throughout the country have been created to offer social and educational events, and meet monthly at various locations in a community. Amy's Place is available five days a week and more often as needed. Memory Care Cafés are also very good for businesses willing to offer support with event sponsoring, donations, and hosting.

We invite you to participate and become a part of this community initiative which will help families live well with dementia and empower them to feel a sense of belonging to the communities where they reside.

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Written By: Pamela J. Van Ahn
Executive Director, Caring Together in Hope

CaraVita Home Care is proud to partner with Amy's Place and makes powerful moves in educating and supporting caregivers and individuals who have dementia or Alzheimer's. To stay up to date and learn more about how CaraVita Home Care and its partners can help you and your family, subscribe to our blog today!

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